|February 13, 2009|
Closing the Gap - the Largest Near-Term Energy Opportunity
|Closing a national "electric productivity gap" could curtail up to 30 percent of current electric power consumption nationwide, according to a report released by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). |
The Institute also released an interactive map in conjunction with the publication of the report titled Assessing the Electric Productivity Gap and the U.S. Efficiency Opportunity.
The report analyzes the size of the electric productivity gap in the U.S. Electric productivity measures how much gross domestic product is generated for each kilowatt-hour consumed. RMI’s analysis determined that the electric productivity among U.S. states varies dramatically.
This finding is extremely significant because if laggard states achieved the electric productivity of the top ten performing states through energy efficiency, more than 60 percent of coal-fired generation could be displaced in the country.
RMI believes that the U.S. can close the electric productivity gap in ten years because the technology and policy solutions are already known, available and tested.
The next step, according to RMI, will be to assess how to cost-effectively close the electric productivity gap. The analysis will focus on the impact that efficiency measures can have on existing building stock in the residential, commercial and industrial sector, and if a combination of these measures will cost-effectively close the electric productivity gap in each state.
Click here to download the RMI Research Report: Assessing the Electric Productivity Gap and the U.S. Efficiency Opportunity (pdf)For More Information: Rocky Mountain Institute